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Black Country
Black Country
by Liz Berry
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.10

5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming, 1 Nov 2014
This review is from: Black Country (Paperback)
This is a really enjoyable collection of poetry, focusing on the Midlands and using words special to that area. I am not from there but the poems evoked many memories of characters and places I have known. Liz Berry's poems are accessible, inventive and spare. There is a relish for life in this book which I found quite moving. Berry won a first collection prize for this book and it is easy to see why. Even if you find poetry difficult, this book will not confound or befuddle, but bring pleasure.


Andrew James 350ml Double Walled Stainless Steel Cafetiere Set With 2 Year Warranty, Includes Coffee Measuring Spoon With Bag Sealing Clip And Presentation Gift Box. High Quality 304 Grade Stainless Steel
Andrew James 350ml Double Walled Stainless Steel Cafetiere Set With 2 Year Warranty, Includes Coffee Measuring Spoon With Bag Sealing Clip And Presentation Gift Box. High Quality 304 Grade Stainless Steel
Offered by Andrew James UK LTD - Xmas Delivery Available On Orders Placed By 22nd December
Price: £24.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classy Coffee, 1 Nov 2014
This not only looks sleek and classy, it also keeps your coffee hot and is unbreakable and easy to clean. We are delighted with ours and are now enjoying our coffee more and for longer.


Lake District and Cumbria: A Three-Dimensional Expanding Pocket Guide (City Skylines)
Lake District and Cumbria: A Three-Dimensional Expanding Pocket Guide (City Skylines)
by Nina Cosford
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £5.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Little Gem, 1 Nov 2014
This is such a delightful celebration of an area very special to me. It's a concertina pop up book in a slipcase, which is great fun to read and interact with. There is a small amount of text; the beauty is in the gorgeous illustrations. The book can be opened up for display or folded up and kept in its case. Whether you plan to visit the Lake District or want to revel in happy memories of visits there (I am in the latter category), this little book is highly recommended. It's great for both children and adults.


The RSPB Anthology of Wildlife Poetry
The RSPB Anthology of Wildlife Poetry
by Celia Warren
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.88

5.0 out of 5 stars Stunningly illustrated and lovingly curated, 1 Nov 2014
This is a wonderful treasury of nature poems which is lavishly illustrated in full colour. The selection of poems is varied, with rhyming poems, humorous poems, touching poems and closely-observed poems. There is something for everyone here and all the poems are accessible. Some of the contributors are modern poets and others are chosen from poets of the past, such as Christina Rossetti, John Clare, Ben Jonson, Charles Causley. The illustrations are very dynamic, the way they interact with the poems. It is a book to share with the family, to dip into, to consult after walks, to learn about animals and to support the work of the RSBP. No animal or insect is too humble to be included. This lovely book makes an excellent gift for anyone who cares about the natural world.


DANGEROUS CONCEITS
DANGEROUS CONCEITS
Price: £1.53

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent detective fiction., 11 Sep 2014
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I thoroughly enjoyed this detective story and its cynical but appealing detective. The story about a girl who has joined a cult has many twists and turns and kept me guessing throughout. I intend reading the whole series. This one was the third. There is nothing too gory, the style is always entertaining and the main character's love of Shakespeare quotations is a thread which links all the books and adds a most enjoyable character quirk.


Thirteenth Child (Frontier Magic)
Thirteenth Child (Frontier Magic)
Price: £3.93

5.0 out of 5 stars Original and gripping, 11 Sep 2014
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Recommended by my daughter, who is never wrong about books I will like. This is a gripping and detailed story set in a fantasty version of America, where settlers have to cope with magical beasts and many other hardships. The heroine is growing up and coming into her powers, so this is also a bildungsroman and a school story. The characters are well drawn and the setting highly original. A great read.


Born into the Children of God: My life in a religious sex cult and my struggle for survival on the outside
Born into the Children of God: My life in a religious sex cult and my struggle for survival on the outside
Price: £3.49

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Warning to Others, 11 Sep 2014
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This is a shocking story but it is told from a viewpoint of innocence and without recourse to salaciousness. It shows the profound effect these cults can have upon formative minds. Natacha accepts her suffering as the norm and only when she finally escapes the clutches of the cult does she realise how difficult her upbringing was. More disturbing stories lie behind hers, for example that of the girl who was adopted by the cult founder and mistreated into insanity.
Everyone should read this, if only to learn to beware of narcissistic leaders. The parents were so brainwashed by the cult they thought they were doing their best for their children, and the moment they start to realise the cult's cruelty is a chilling one, when they realise they have set their own trap. Natacha must be a very strong person to have redeeme herself. Not all of her siblings were so fortunate.


NIGHT'S BLACK AGENTS
NIGHT'S BLACK AGENTS
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Crime enllived by wit, 5 Aug 2014
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Sharp and brilliantly plotted. O'Donnell's Jack Black is a Marlowe-like figure but much less miserable. He loves Shakespeare and poetry and finds solace in it when he has to solve several vicious murders. The twists and turns of the plot keep the reader guessing. There is disturbing violence but it is never gratuituous. I can't cope with too much violence but this stays within the bounds of my tolerance. Jack is likeable, honest and a mite cynical but more sociable than Chandler's Marlowe. The setting is perfectly done: one can almost hear the Scottish accents of the characters Black encounters as he solves these twisted murders. If you like crime drama, this is a series not to miss.


Why Don't We Do It in the Road?
Why Don't We Do It in the Road?
Price: £2.52

5.0 out of 5 stars A portrait of an era, 5 Aug 2014
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Readable, sharp and funny, this novella took me right back to the sixties and seventies. The protagonist is a young male chancer who's gone away to study. Let loose from parental control for the first time, his main objective is to lose his virginity. His ineptness is disarming and we empathise with him as he struggles to make sense of women while grappling with what is expected of him in his art degree. His ideas are quirky and surprise him with their success. It's a really great summer read, bringing back all sorts of memories for anyone who was young in that heady time when music defined one's life. Highly recommended.


Lydia Bennet's Blog: the real story of Pride and Prejudice
Lydia Bennet's Blog: the real story of Pride and Prejudice
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really fun read for Austen fans, 3 Jun 2014
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I read this in a few days and it was a great distraction and relaxation. Lydia presents herself as the heroine of the whole novel: it is her machinations which help Jane and Lizzy to bag their men, Lydia who comes up with the elopement idea and Lydia who sets upp Collins and Charlotte Lucas. Yet nothing that happens rules out anything that happens in the beloved original. This makes it plausible. It is in fact a brilliant tribute to Austen but it fills in some of the gaps and updates the language in a witty, skilful way. Easy to see that Laws is a poet who loves words. Highly recommended as a relaxing read, it's a page turner!


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